In 1966 Ingo Maurer set up a one man workshop with a occasional help and set about creating a new luminete design. His first creation, ‘bulb’ met with an enthusastic reception in Germany and the design found its way in to the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Within two years he had three employees in the company and they began presenting their work at trade fairs, earning press recognition. Maurer’s company continued to grow allowing the designer to travel in search of materials and inspiration, he discovered Japan and adopted the use or bambo and rice paper.
In 1979, Ingo Maurer celebrated the 100th anniversary of the invention of the light bulb with the Thomas Alva Edison and a year later signed a licensing agreement with Nieuwenborg and Wegman to produce his design, Delight. In 1983 Ingo Maurer became the first company to adopt low voltage technology with Ilios, in collaboration with Franz Ringelhan. In September 84 the low voltage system YaYaHo went on show in Milan, demand for the product doubled expectations saving the company from financial difficulties.
Over the next decde Ingo Maurer continue to advance technologically, developing the Touch Tronic dimming system, while aethsetically the company takes a more artistic direction taking commisions for several one off designs.
Since the turn of the century Ingo Maurer continues with the same ethos, developing designs with LED sources and bringing artisan craft together with industrial design. The company distributes around the world and has a New York based flagship store/showroom.